On the occasion of National Sports Day, the Ministry of Sports and Recreation (Miderec) will hold several commemorative activities this Tuesday, November 7, which include floral offerings and recognition of seven figures who have influenced the athletic development of the Dominican Republic.
Minister Francisco Camacho will begin the “Sports Day” activities at 9:00 a.m. with the laying of a wreath at the bust of the so-called “Father of Dominican Olympism”, Juan Ulises García Saleta (Wiche), located in front of the Olympic velodrome.
For this event, officials and employees of Miderec, guests of the Olympic Committee, federations, athletes and sportsmen and women in general, will depart from the front esplanade of the administrative building of said ministry, in the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center.
At 11:00 A.M., in the James Rodriguez hall of the sports ministry, a tribute will be paid to seven national figures who have made important contributions to the athletic development from different functions.
The personalities to be recognized are Heriberto Morrison Fortunato, journalist and long-time official; Juan Manuel -Piñao- Ortiz Carram, former amateur baseball player exalted to the Pavilion of Fame; José Manuel Camarena Lamarche and Pablo Reyes, the legendary “Señor Tomás”, administrator of the Palacio de los Deportes Virgilio Travieso Soto.
It also includes posthumous tributes to former official José Daniel “Mackey” Calzada Hernando; journalist Renaldo Bodden Peguero; and the emblematic Physical Education teacher, Rafael Heredia Abreu.
The Miderec has set aside for 2:00 pm on Tuesday, the laying of a wreath at the Altar of the Homeland, in the Independence Park, where the remains of the Fathers of the Homeland, Juan Pablo Duarte, Matias Ramon Mella and Francisco del Rosario Sanchez rest.
The National Sports Day in the Dominican Republic was established in 1963 to be celebrated on November 7 of each year, by decree of the then president of the country Rafael F. Bonnelly.